Well that didn't take long.
Eleven days after premiering on Netflix, Marvel's Daredevil TV series has not only won critical and fan acclaim - it's apparently had enough viewership for Marvel and Netflix to renew the series for season 2. And while it's not surprising to hear that the Devil of Hell's Kitchen will have his saga continue, it is surprising to hear how soon it will continue.
Netflix made the official announcement via press release:
- Netflix is confirming a second season of Marvel's Daredevil that will premiere in 2016.
- Doug Petrie (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, American Horror Story) and Marco Ramirez (Sons of Anarchy), who worked closely with Steven DeKnight and Drew Goddard, will serve as show runners for season two.
- Ramirez, Petrie, Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods) and Jeph Loeb (Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) are executive producers.
- Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix
Blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) fights against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the Super Hero “Daredevil” in modern day Hell's Kitchen, New York Cit. Marvel's Daredevil stars Charlie Cox, Rosario Dawson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Scott Glenn, Bob Gunton, Toby Leonard Moore, Vondie Curtis Hall, Ayelet Zurer.
WARNING! SPOILERS for Daredevil Season 1 Follow!
Daredevil concluded season 1 by having The Man Without Fear finally donning his full red costume to take down the fugitive Wilson Fisk, whom he'd already put in handcuffs by way of the law as Matt Murdock. However, even though the vigilante got his man, the ramifications of his quest are still reverberating throughout his world - possibly into the larger MCU.
Episodes like "Stick" (and Wilson Fisk's criminal relations) showed us that there is a deeper mythos behind Daredevil's training as a blind warrior - one that could involve mystical orders and ninjas. Then there's the small matter of Wilson Fisk, still sitting in his cell; anyone who is a big fan of Daredevil comics knows just how badly The Kingpin can dismantle Daredevil (and Matt Murdock's) life, given the proper motivation.
There is also some rich mythos to explore so far as characters like Foggy and Karen are concerned; new villains like Bullseye or love interest like Elektra to introduce; and other MCU characters who can join in the fun.
In other words: should be fun.
The minor surprise in this Daredevil season 2 announcement is that the show will return as soon as 2016. Marvel Netflix has three other shows on the way: AKA Jessica Jones in the latter half of 2015; Luke Cage and Iron Fist, both of which were expected in 2016; and a The Defenders team up event still on the horizon.
At this point, there is little reason to expect that Marvel can't continue with its Defenders rollout AND add another season of Daredevil on top of that. Even without Netflix reporting official numbers, it's not hard to tell from public reaction that the show is a hit. Marvel is also upping its output starting in 2016 with its "Phase 3" movie initiative; there's talk of an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff series for network TV (and maybe an entirely new network show as well).
Clearly Marvel is expanding its universe on all fronts - and Netflix is no exception.
AKA Jessica Jones will premiere in fall 2015; Luke Cage in 2016; Iron Fist is expected later that year; Daredevil season 2 will also premiere in 2016; and The Defenders team up event is still on the horizon.